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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Ventura Business District, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Ventura Business District, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Ventura Business District, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Ventura Business District, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Ventura Business District, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Ventura Business District, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Ventura Business District, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Ventura Business District, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Ventura Business District, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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California American Water Acquires Warring Water Service, Inc.

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California American Water today announced the acquisition of Warring Water Services, Inc., a privately owned water utility in Piru, California for $4.6 million. Approximately 634 homes and businesses served by Warring Water Services will now be served by California American Water’s Ventura County District. The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved the sale and the transaction was completed today. The Warring Wate...

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California American Water today announced the acquisition of Warring Water Services, Inc., a privately owned water utility in Piru, California for $4.6 million. Approximately 634 homes and businesses served by Warring Water Services will now be served by California American Water’s Ventura County District. The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved the sale and the transaction was completed today. The Warring Water Service system is near California American Water’s Ventura County operations center located in Newbury Park.

“It has been our pleasure to serve our customers over the past several decades and be part of the community of Piru”

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“Our team is excited to serve the Piru community and further expand our footprint in Ventura County,” said Kevin Tilden, President of California American Water. “We have a long history of providing high-quality, reliable service to our customers and we look forward to playing a vital role in the lives of our new customers. We welcome the residents of Piru and providing them with the same great level of service that all our existing customers already enjoy.”

The acquisition will bring many benefits to the former Warring Water customers including immediate access to California American Water’s 24-hour customer service line that customers can call to inquire about water service, billing report water system emergencies, and learn about services such as MyWater, conservation programs, paperless billing, multi-lingual information and more. MyWater is the company’s online customer service portal, where customers can review their account, pay bills, and read important service announcements in different languages.

“It has been our pleasure to serve our customers over the past several decades and be part of the community of Piru,” said Glen Pace, President Warring Water Company, Inc. “We have strived to add a valuable service to the community during the time we have operated the water system. I am pleased to welcome California American Water to Piru.”

Warring Water Service customers will receive welcome packets and customer information by mail, that will include new contact information and explain how to enroll in payment options as well as other customer service programs and benefits.

About California American Water: California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to more than 725,000 people. Information regarding California American Water’s service areas can be found on the company’s website www.californiaamwater.com.

About American Water: With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and diversityataw.com. Follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Leave groundwater management to local water experts

In summaryAssembly Bill 2201 only creates more confusion in the already complicated process for sustainable management of groundwater basins. Sacramento needs to entrust groundwater management to local experts.Get California news in your inbox, for free.Louise Lampara is the executive director of the Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and B...

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Assembly Bill 2201 only creates more confusion in the already complicated process for sustainable management of groundwater basins. Sacramento needs to entrust groundwater management to local experts.

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Louise Lampara is the executive director of the Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business, a nonprofit advocating for rational regulatory oversight and a healthy economy in Ventura County.

Assemblymember Steve Bennett’s proposed Assembly Bill 2201, which would create a new permanent permitting process for groundwater wells, negatively affects local water districts, municipalities and California’s agricultural community.

Despite recent amendments to the bill language, AB 2201 would force a strict new mandate on how groundwater sustainability agencies must operate. The bill removes the ability of locally based groundwater experts to decide for themselves what management options best address local conditions. Instead, the bill would require local experts to make specific findings and determinations for new and modified groundwater wells before they may be allowed.

Sacramento legislators need to entrust groundwater management to the local experts.

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, passed in 2014, recognized that it is critical for water issues to be managed and resolved at the local level. When he signed the act into law, then-Gov. Jerry Brown stated that, “groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally.” The act achieves this by requiring individual local basin groundwater sustainability plans to identify the challenges and solutions unique to each local groundwater basin.

As a Ventura County supervisor, Assemblymember Bennett supported robust local groundwater management. He was instrumental in the adoption of Ventura County Well Ordinance No. 4468, which established policies to ensure that wells are “executed, operated and destroyed in such a manner that the groundwater will not be contaminated or polluted, and that water obtained from the water wells will be suitable for use and will not jeopardize the health, safety or welfare of the community in Ventura County.”

But through AB 2201, Bennett has disregarded the importance of local management and expertise in favor of a “one size fits all” statewide authority, adding yet another layer of bureaucratic red tape to an already arduous process.

Only three months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted Executive Order N-7-22 to protect health, safety and the environment during this drought emergency. The order directs local agencies to work collaboratively with local groundwater agencies when considering new and altered well requests. Under this order, public agencies cannot approve a permit for a new groundwater well (or for altering an existing well) in medium- or high-priority basins subject to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act without first obtaining written verification from the local groundwater agency that the proposed well would not negatively impact the sustainability goal for that specific basin.

AB 2201 would codify — and complicate — the directives of the governor’s executive order.

Right now, an advisory committee of more than 80 representatives from a broad range of sectors and geographic areas within the state, each with expertise in well permitting, design, construction, maintenance and destruction, are revising the state’s well standards to ensure the protection of California’s groundwater quality. At the same time, municipalities, water users and groundwater managers are actively working through the challenges of implementing the executive order’s directives.

We must allow our local community experts the time and opportunity to work through the order and the upcoming changes to the state’s well standards to determine how these requirements will be implemented in their own basins before the Legislature complicates the process by permanently reducing the local control guaranteed in the original act.

AB 2201 creates more confusion in the already complicated process for sustainable management of local groundwater basins. Well applicants would face significant new costs. Counties and groundwater agencies would be exposed to increased threats of legal challenges for well-permitting decisions.

AB 2201 will not increase water accessibility for small, impoverished communities. By adding permitting and reporting requirements, the bill adds cost-prohibitive burdens to smaller communities, making it more difficult for them to provide water to their residents.

The bill takes well-permitting decisions out of the hands of local experts and drops them in the lap of politically appointed representatives with little, if any, expertise in groundwater management and even less local community knowledge.

We must maintain local management of groundwater and sustainability planning — including permitting and enforcement — as intended by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and other state statutes. Local county agencies and water districts understand their communities’ needs. They have the technical expertise and knowledge necessary to make the critical decisions to ensure groundwater sustainability in collaboration with local GSAs.

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Governor Newsom Signs New Measures to Protect Californians from Gun Violence

SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s nation-leading gun safety laws, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed additional legislation to protect Californians, including measures to improve school campus safety, restrict gun possession by people convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, and better regulate the sale of firearms.Governor Newsom recently signed AB 1594, which allows the state, local governments and Californians to...

SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s nation-leading gun safety laws, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed additional legislation to protect Californians, including measures to improve school campus safety, restrict gun possession by people convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, and better regulate the sale of firearms.

Governor Newsom recently signed AB 1594, which allows the state, local governments and Californians to sue irresponsible gunmakers for the harm caused by their products, as well as AB 2571, which prohibits marketing of firearms to minors, and AB 1621 to further restrict ghost guns. The Governor has also sponsored SB 1327, private right of action legislation to limit the spread of assault weapons and ghost guns.

“California has the toughest gun safety laws in the nation, but none of us can afford to be complacent in tackling the gun violence crisis ravaging our country,” said Governor Newsom. “These new measures will help keep children safe at school, keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and responsibly regulate the sale of firearms in our communities. California will continue to lead on lifesaving polices that provide a model for action by other states and the nation.”

A full list of today’s bills is below:

According to the Giffords Law Center, in 2021, California was ranked as the top state in the nation for gun safety. As California strengthened its gun laws, the state saw a 37 percent lower gun death rate than the national average. Meanwhile, other states such as Florida and Texas, with lax gun regulations, saw double-digit increases in the rate of gun deaths. As a result of the actions taken by California, the state has cut its gun death rate in half and Californians are 25 percent less likely to die in a mass shooting compared to people in other states.

Last month, Governor Newsom announced a record $156 million in gun violence prevention grants provided as part of the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP). The funding will support 79 cities and nonprofit organizations that are implementing anti-violence programs suited to the unique needs of their communities.

More information on California’s nation-leading gun safety policies can be found here.

Ventura agrees to 20-year deal to lease its state water supply. Here's why

Ventura has struck a 20-year deal with a Riverside County water wholesaler that would save the city millions of dollars in costs to maintain its rights to imported state water.Under the agreement approved last month, the city would lease its share of imported water to the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency in Beaumont, an arrangement that would reap $1.1 million this year and cover nearly half of the $2.27 million it will owe to keep its state water entitlement. San Gorgonio would increase its share of the costs starting ne...

Ventura has struck a 20-year deal with a Riverside County water wholesaler that would save the city millions of dollars in costs to maintain its rights to imported state water.

Under the agreement approved last month, the city would lease its share of imported water to the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency in Beaumont, an arrangement that would reap $1.1 million this year and cover nearly half of the $2.27 million it will owe to keep its state water entitlement. San Gorgonio would increase its share of the costs starting next year.

Ventura has had rights to State Water Project supplies since the early 1970s, paying up to $1.5 million annually, but it has no inter-tie to access the project, a network of dams, pumps and aqueducts that draws snow and rain runoff from Northern California.

The city has an all-local water supply that comes from the Ventura River, Lake Casitas, groundwater and recycled water. A planned seven-mile pipeline from Camarillo to Ventura would change that, allowing the city to connect to lines that carry imported water through eastern Ventura County. But the start of construction is still years away.

To recoup some of its costs, Ventura has leased its share of state water to the San Gorgonio wholesaler annually for the past four years. But, now, new state rules allow such agreements to span multiple years.

Ventura's City Council and the San Gorgonio agency's board approved the agreement in late April, but the deal also needs the approval of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and the state Department of Water Resources. Those votes are expected in the next few months.

Betsy Cooper, Ventura Water’s assistant general manager, said the multi-year agreement would allow more economic certainty for the city and save time and effort in negotiating yearly leases.

“Twenty years is good for the city because it guarantees extra revenue for us to cover these ongoing costs,” she said.

City officials estimate the fixed costs to range from $2.3 million to $2.75 million annually.

San Gorgonio, taking on most of the financial risks, also needed a long enough time span to balance out the annual fluctuations of state water allocations seen in wet and dry years, Cooper said.

A 60-40 split

The city has an annual entitlement of 10,000 acre-feet, but the allocations typically come up short because they vary by how much water is available.

In dry years, officials release just a portion of requested allocations to the 29 municipal and agricultural districts under contract to receive State Water Project supplies.

This year, the state set allocations at 5% citing two years of drought conditions. Ventura’s allocation would drop to 500 acre-feet. Under the agreement, San Gorgonio would receive the city's entire allocation for only half the cost. Starting next year, however, the water agency would pay all of the city’s reimbursable fixed costs and have rights to Ventura's full allocation.

That arrangement will continue until the city finishes its pipeline. City officials expect the project, currently in the design phase, to go out to bid late next year. Construction then would take roughly two additional years.

When the pipeline is built, the city plans to keep 2,000 acre-feet of its yearly allocation and pay 40% of the costs. San Gorgonio would pay 60% of the costs and receive the remaining water.

Officials project the state water allocation to reach an average of 50% over the next 20 years. That means the city’s share of average annual 5,000 acre-feet would be split 60-40 with 2,000 for the city and 3,000 for San Gorgonio.

Some years, when the allocation falls below 2,000 acre-feet, San Gorgonio will pay the money and receive no water.

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Once the pipeline is built, the city’s share of imported water is expected to help improve water quality rather than serve as a new supply. Plans call for blending the state water with local supplies on the east side of the city.

Estimates show the city needs up to 1,500 acre-feet to improve water quality, Cooper said.

The agreement has termination options for both parties, such as when state allocations drop below 30% for three consecutive years. Ventura also can request a one-year pause in case of local water supply emergencies.

“The city's entitlement is not being sold,” Cooper said. “A portion is just been leased to San Gorgonio during this 20-year period.”

Cheri Carlson covers the environment for the Ventura County Star. Reach her at cheri.carlson@vcstar.com or 805-437-0260.

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